Weekly Deals for Week Beginning 8-19

handmade card using the square framelits, elegant butterfly punch and honeycomb embossing folderI created this card to feature some of the items that are in this week’s Weekly Deals. One of the items is the Squares Collection Framelits (130921). To get a scalloped edge card like this, cut a piece of 11″ x 4 1/4″ cardstock. Fold it in half. Then place the scalloped square framelit so that the fold is inside one of the edges of the framelit. Then run it through the Big Shot. This makes a 4″ x 4 1/2″ card.

I learned the background from my friend Margaret Raburn. I sponged Crisp Cantaloupe, Lost Lagoon, Tangelo Twist, and Mossy Meadow ink onto the embossing folder. Then I misted it with water, placed my cardstock on it and ran the embossing folder through the Big Shot. The greeting is from the An Open Heart Stamp set. Tiny rhinestones add glitz to the butterflies. Click on the images below for more details and to order the An Open Heart stamp set.

On to the Weekly Deals…

MDS Monday – Map It Out

I love to play along with MDS Monday and follow their challenges. This week’s challenge is to use a map on our project. Here is the sketch

map sketch for MDSM78 challengeand here is my version

digital scrapbook page using a map as a background and incorporating 14 picturesI love that the sketch has so many photos on it. This allowed me to put a whole year worth of photos from our granddaughter’s freshman year at college. I did a screen capture of a map of the area where her college is located near Boston and saved it as a jpeg. Then I added a square punch and resized it to 12″ x 12″ and photo filled the punch. I decreased the opacity to about 70% so that the colors of the map wouldn’t conflict with the photos. The smaller photos are 2″ x 2″ square punches also filled with photos. Instead of tags on the corners of the larger photos, I added antique brads (122164) to ‘hold the photos in place’. Minimal supplies are needed to create a page like this. The square punch and arrow come with the MDS software.

Now it’s your turn. Visit the MDS Monday website for the details of the challenge and get to creating. Then upload your project to their site. If you do, please leave me a message so I will be sure to check it out.

Work of Art – Christmas card

handmade Christmas card created with Work of Art stamp setI think this Christmas card will be the last card I share using the Work of Art stamp set (wood – 134111, clear – 134114). To see the previous ones I have shared click here, herehere and here. I also used stamps from the new photopolymer sets White Christmas (135767) and Wondrous Wreath (135047) which you will be able to order from the Holiday catalog beginning Aug 28.

Although the photo does not show it well, the layer behind to scene is Gold Foil Sheets (132622). I also punched the star from the gold foil sheet using the star punch from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (133787).

Now that you have seen the variety of cards that can be created using the Work of Art stamp set, are you ready to order one for yourself? Just click on the links below to order the supplies I used for this card.

Work of Art Card #4

Ready for another example of a card created with Work of Art (wood – 134111, clear – 134114)? Here you go!

Handmade card using the chevron pattern of the Work of Art stamp setThis time I repeatedly stamped the chevron image on Soft Sky cardstock with Baked Brown Sugar ink. I punched the hearts out of Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock with the new Sweetheart Punch (133786) and the little heart from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (133787). The greeting is from the Honeycomb Hello stamp set (wood – 134075, clear – 134078). The Honeycomb Hello set has perfectly-sized greetings to fit on punched shapes and is therefore so useful. You can find other samples on these earlier posts here, here, and here. Stay tuned for my last sample.

To order the supplies for this card, click on the links below.

Terrific Tuesday – New MDS Downloads

digital birthday card using Lullaby digital designer series paper and Age Awareness stamp brush set

Welcome to this week’s Terrific Tuesday! Somehow, I totally missed the new downloads last week! I apologize. Usually demonstrators get notification of new downloads but I now see that at the top of the new download page it says to check the first week of every month for new downloads. So…if I forget to do a blog post about them during the first week of a month, you can check them out for yourself in my online store by clicking on Shop Now, then Digital Downloads on the left side of the page and then click on ‘newest downloads’.

My favorite designer series paper in the annual catalog is Lullaby (133695) and now it is in  digital form , Lullaby Designer Series Paper digital download (138112)! This and Age Awareness stamp brush set (138111) are two of this month’s new downloads. So I created this card from elements in these downloads.

Check out the new downloads below and click on their links for more information and to order them.

National Lazy Day

image of a hammockAccording to a bunch of online calendars, today is National Lazy Day. While I don’t want to infer that you are lazy, I want you to consider a wonderful tool for scrapbooking and cardmaking, the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine by Sizzix that will speed up your creativity immensely.

Tired of having to hand cut out stamped images and shapes for your cards and scrapbook pages? Maybe your hands are arthritic and using a pair of scissors is too painful. Or maybe your hands shake too much. The Big Shot is your answer. Many of the Stampin’ Up! stamp sets now have matching sets of framelits eliminating all that fussy hand cutting.

Do you like dry embossed backgrounds and finishing touches on your pages or cards? Do you hate the time it takes to get out a light box and all the tedious work of embossing through a stencil? Again…the Big Shot to the rescue! By using Stampin’ Up!’s Textured Impressions Embossing Folders and a Big Shot machine, your dry embossed background is finished in a couple seconds.

When Stampin’ Up! first started selling the Big Shot, I debated ordering one for some time. I rarely do traditional scrapbooking and all I thought the Big Shot was for was to cut out letters and shapes for scrapbook pages. Boy was I wrong! There is hardly a card I create where I haven’t used the Big Shot for some step in the process.

The great news for you is that during the month of August, Stampin’ Up! is having a special. Purchase the Big Shot and get an exclusive bundle of stamp set and matching framelit set for FREE! Check out the bundles below and click on the image for more information and to place your order.

August Big Shot specialYou will be so happy you decide to buy a Big Shot! For those of you who already own a Big Shot, these same exclusive bundles are available. Order now! You’ll be happy you did.

Terrific Tuesday and New Weekly Deals

Digital travel card using Travel Log digital kit

Supplies used: MDS software digital download (130646), MDS software disc (130647), or 30-day Free Trial of MDS (130910); Travel Log Kit (126022)

What a Terrific Tuesday! Today is a bright sunny day with a lovely cooling breeze. It’s a perfect summer day. It’s also the day for new Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up!. There are two digital downloads discounted this week. I chose to use the Travel Log Kit (126022) to make this card for a friend who is on a road trip from Florida to South Dakota with two granddaughters. She shares pictures she takes along the way on FaceBook so I am vicariously traveling with her.

Check out the new Weekly Deals below and click on the links for more details and to order those you need.

MDS Monday – Birthday Time

Digital Birthday Card using Perfectly Penned Stamp Brush SetGuess what day it is! No it is not ‘hump’ day but my birthday! So for this MDS Monday I created this digital birthday card. I used Be Yourself designer series paper which I love and one of my favorite stamp brush sets, Perfectly Penned. See the satin ribbon and bow? Did you know that you can recolor embellishments to almost any color you desire? This ribbon was originally Very Vanilla and I recolored it with Coastal Cabana. I love the soft color that was the result.

Since it is my birthday, I am going to celebrate by giving YOU a gift of FREE SHIPPING today, August 4th only. I will need to place the order for you so email me or give me a call with your order. You can pay by credit card if you give me your information or by PayPal. My PayPal account is sue@soggystamper.com. I’d love to give you FREE SHIPPING today so contact me!

MDS software digital download (130646), MDS software disc (130647), or 30-day Free Trial of MDS (130910)
Card Stock/Pool Party
Satin Ribbon (121063)- Very Vanilla (re-colored) Color = COASTAL CABANA 102,214,174
Satin Ribbon (121063)- Very Vanilla bow (re-colored) Color = COASTAL CABANA 102,214,174
  Perfectly Penned (130167) – happy birthday, Color = 0,0,0
Basics/1.25 Square Punch,  Filled with: Be Yourself May Kit (133426) – designer series paper – paper 1
Delicate Doilies (130975) – 1, Fill Color = Whisper White

6 Reasons I Love My Big Shot

August Big Shot specialWhen Stampin’ Up! first announced that we would be selling Big Shot die-cutting machine, I debated whether to buy one or not. I rarely do traditional scrapboking and I had associated the Big Shot with die-cutting shapes and letters to put on scrapbook pages. I really wasn’t sure I would use the Big Shot all that much. Boy was I wrong! Here are five reasons I absolutely love my Big Shot and use it on most of the cards I make. These reasons are in random order. I really would not be able to choose which one is my favorite.

  • The Big Shot and Textured Impressions Embossing Folders (commonly known as embossing folders) make dry embossing so quick and easy. There are also other techniques you can do with the embossing folders as well.
  • You can cut fabric and about 50 other materials with the Sizzix Bigz dies and Originals dies that are steel ruled. Think appliques and quilting applications. The current catalog’s offerings are on pgs 232 and 233 in the annual catalog. Of these, my favorite is the Spiral Flower Originals die (129379). Some of the Bigz dies even cut out shapes to make 3-D items like the hamburger box, fry box, and little purse featured on page 233 in the annual catalog.
  • Embosslits can not only cut out a shape but also emboss it. I used the Beautiful Wings Embosslit with copper flashing to make beautiful copper embellishments. Since the flashing had a vinyl backing to it, I did have to hand cut the butterflies out. If your use colored art foil, I’m sure the foil would cut out completely.
  • Then there are the Edgelits! What an easy way to cut scalloped edges and eyelet edges for your cards of picture mats on a scrapbook page! Before the edgelits were developed, we had to cut the scalloped and pinked edges with a special pair of scissors. I don’t know about you but I had a terrible time cutting an even edge with the scissors.
  • I love the Thinlits, especially the ones that create flip cards. What an easy way to make interactive cards to send to your family and friends!
  • Finally, the Framelits make it very easy to layer shapes like ovals, stars, hearts, circles and such. In the last year or so framelits have been created to cut out coordinating stamp sets. Whoohoo! Cutting out a stamped image with a shaped framelit means no fussy cutting by hand. This is quite a time saver!

So many options and all are useful for card-making and for scrapbooking! Do you have a Big Shot? What is your favorite thing to use it for? Leave your answer in a comment below. If you ! is running! Purchase a Big Shot and get one of the select bundles of stamp set and coordinating framelit for FREE! Click on the picture at the top of this post for more information and to order. Those of us who already have and love our Big Shots can purchase these unique bundles for a 15% discount. This sale lasts through Aug 31 so be sure to take advantage of it before the end of August!

More Work of Art

I have shared a couple of cards I created using the very versatile stamp set Work of Art (w-134111, c-134114), here and here. Today I want to share another Work of Art card which was one of my convention swap cards. The flower card on the first link was my second swap card.

Work of Art Scene cardI used only two of the pieces of the stamp set for this card and the greeting images that come with the set. Do you see a tree and a lake or a tree and a tumbling stream? Leave a comment below. I’d love to know what you see in this picture. Stay tuned for a couple more ideas on how to use this set.

Stamps – Work of Art (wood – 134111, clear – 134114)
Inks – Mossy Meadow (133645), Early Espresso (126974),, Soft Sky (131181), Tempting Turquoise (126952), Island Indigo (126986)
Cardstock – Whisper White (100730), Mossy Meadow (133676)
Other – White Embossing powder (109132), Labels Collection Framelits (125598)